Posted On January 28, 2022 Consumer Privacy & Data Breaches
January 28, 2022 – Recently, Marlabs, Inc. announced that the personal, identifying, and financial information of approximately 6,267 individuals was compromised in a data breach. Our data breach attorneys are investigating this cybersecurity incident to determine if consumers could have the grounds for a data breach class action lawsuit.
The company recently reported that, on June 20, 2021, an unauthorized party gained access to certain files on its servers. A subsequent investigation revealed that the files may have contained the following information:
According to reports, Marlabs, Inc. does not know which individuals’ information was actually accessed and cannot confirm that the unauthorized party retained any of the information.
However, anyone in receipt of a Marlabs, Inc. data breach notification letter may now face an increased risk of identity theft and other financial losses. Attorneys are now investigating this recent cybersecurity incident to determine whether the company took the necessary steps to keep your data secure and whether those impacted by the breach can pursue a data breach class action lawsuit.
A data breach occurs when a hacker or other unauthorized party secretly gains access to sensitive consumer information stored on a company’s servers through some kind of cyberattack. Once a hacker obtains consumer data, they may use the information to commit identity theft or for other criminal purposes. Sometimes hackers will sell the data they obtain through a cyberattack to the highest bidder.
No one can tell with certainty why a hacker targeted your data in a data breach or what they plan to do with it, but the fact that your sensitive information is in the hands of an unauthorized party puts you at a greater risk of identity theft.
As consumers, we all provide personal data to companies for a variety of reasons. We trust these companies to protect our private data and keep this information secure. Unfortunately, data breaches happen frequently.
Attorneys are investigating data events like this security breach to determine the legal rights of consumers who trusted corporations with their sensitive information. Often, hackers target companies that rely on outdated or otherwise inadequate data-security measures. If it is determined that Marlabs, Inc. did, in fact, fail to properly protect consumers’ data in some way, the individuals affected may be eligible to pursue compensation for their financial losses.
If you received a data breach letter from the company that experienced a security incident, it means that an unauthorized person—likely a criminal—may have accessed, viewed, and retained your personal information. While the company cannot know why the third party sought out your information and what they plan to do with it, the situation justifies a certain level of precaution on your part.
Below are a few ways to protect yourself from identity theft and the other possible financial risks that can stem from a data breach:
To protect and preserve their legal rights, it is highly recommended that individuals who received notice that their data may have been compromised immediately reach out to an experienced data breach attorney.
Companies have an ethical and legal duty to protect consumers’ personal, identifying, and financial information. While developing and implementing a comprehensive and up-to-date data-security system is costly, this is a necessary cost of doing business in an environment where cyberattacks and data breaches are common.
Data breach laws are complex, and just because your information may have been accessed while in Marlabs, Inc.’s care doesn’t necessarily make this company legally responsible. However, if a company fails to take appropriate actions to protect consumers’ sensitive information, it may face liability through a data breach class action lawsuit.
If you received a data breach notification letter, it is important that you not only protect yourself from possible fraud but also preserve your legal rights by speaking to a data breach attorney. Consumer privacy lawyers are undertaking investigations in legal matters involving all types of data breaches, ransomware attacks, and cyberattacks on a no-win, no-fee basis.
Find a copy of the data breach letter here.
Notice of Data Incident
This notice is to inform you of a recent cyber security incident which may have affected your personal information (hereinafter, the “Incident”).
Marlabs experienced a ransomware incident on or around June 20, 2021. Our cybersecurity team has quickly responded to the security incident, began a deep technical review with the leading cybersecurity experts, and engaged with federal law enforcement to assist in the investigation.
What Information Was Involved
While we have no indication at this time that any of your personal information has been misused, we have determined that the unauthorized access to your personal information may have occurred, including your: name, address, email address, phone number, date of birth, location of birth, social security number, financial account information, passport number, health insurance information, visa number and other immigration application information.
What We Are Doing
We take the privacy and security of data seriously. We have notified law enforcement and are working with cybersecurity counsel to determine the actions to take in response to this incident.
In addition, and as a safeguard, we have arranged for you to enroll in a complimentary, identity theft protection services through IDX, the data breach and recovery services expert. IDX identity protection services include: <<twelve (12)/twenty-four (24)>> months of credit monitoring. Again, we have no indication that your personal information has been misused as a result of this incident and are offering this service out of an abundance of caution for the peace of your mind.
What You Can Do
To enroll in the complimentary credit monitoring service that we are offering you, please go to https://app.idx.us/account-creation/protect and using Enrollment Code <<Insert Unique Activation Code>>, follow the steps to receive the credit monitoring service online within minutes. If you do not have access to the Internet and wish to enroll, please call IDX’s toll-free hotline at <<TFN>>. The deadline to enroll is <<deadline>>.
Due to privacy laws, we cannot register you directly. Please note that credit monitoring services might not be available for individuals who do not have a credit file with TransUnion or an address in the United States (or its territories) and a valid Social Security number. Enrolling in this service will not affect your credit score.
Once activated, the daily credit monitoring service will notify you if there are any critical changes to your credit file, including new inquiries, new accounts, new public records, late payments, changes of address, and more. The service also includes access to an identity restoration program that provides assistance in the event that your identity is compromised and up to $1,000,000 in identity theft insurance with no deductible. (Policy limitations and exclusions may apply.)
We encourage you to remain vigilant, monitor your accounts, and immediately report any suspicious activity or suspected misuse of your personal information.